The financial team backing Gov. Christie's presidential run includes Hewlett-Packard CEO Meg Whitman and billionaire hedge-fund manager Steven Cohen, according to a list released by Christie's campaign Wednesday.
The campaign announced more than 80 names of individuals and couples serving on Christie's national finance leadership team.
In addition to Whitman and Cohen - the chairman of Point 72 Asset Management, whose SAC Capital hedge-fund firm pleaded guilty to insider-trading charges in 2013 - the list of cochairs includes U.S. Rep. Patrick Meehan of Pennsylvania and Tom Foley, a Republican from Connecticut whom Christie supported in an unsuccessful bid for governor of that state last year.
Some, like billionaire Home Depot cofounder Ken Langone and GOP fund-raiser Bobbie Kilberg of Virginia, are among Christie's most prominent supporters.
In New Jersey, supporters on the list include Jon F. Hanson, chairman of the Hampshire Real Estate Cos. and a longtime Christie adviser; Finn Wentworth, founder of Normandy Real Estate Partners; Fred Alworth, director of commercial and business litigation at the Gibbons P.C. law firm; Jeffrey S. Chiesa, New Jersey's former attorney general, whom Christie tapped as a temporary U.S. senator; Frank Giordano, of Moorestown and Atlantic Trailer Leasing Corp.; and Jerry Langer of Langer Transport.
Backers from Pennsylvania include State Sen. Joe Scarnati and Walter Buckley of Bethlehem.
Christie's campaign will not have to disclose its fund-raising totals to the Federal Election Commission until Oct. 15. The super PAC supporting his candidacy recently announced that it had raised $11 million.
Former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush leads the Republican pack in fund-raising with a total haul of more than $114 million, including a reported $103 million raised by the super PAC supporting him.